Category: Mobility

Santa’s temporary eRVes

13 January, 2012 (09:03) | Amazon, Housing, Markets, Mobile homes, Mobility, Rental, Supply, US News |

By David Smith Economies flex, and when they do, the jobs they create need somewhere temporary – so that requires temporary housing, and who needs more temporary housing than our Santa-in-a-box?    Earlier this month, the Desert Rose RV Park in Fernley, Nev., was a temporary home for seasonal employees of the online-retailing giant.   […]

Housing’s freeze tag

1 December, 2011 (09:05) | Economics, Homeownership, Markets, Mobility, Rental, Tenure, US News |

By: David A. Smith   Housing security or housing mobility?  Nobody moves until prices rise   As we’ve seen before, it’s hard to have both, because whether it’s rapidly adjustable financing or the economic-optionality differences between rental and homeownership, and if a home has negative or minimal equity, too little to overcome the twin hurdles […]

Flung to the edge of the ring: Part 3, suspicion and Section 8

1 September, 2011 (10:58) | Apartments, California, Lancaster, Mobility, Policy, Rental, Section 8, Theory, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday we followed the Section 8 voucher recipients out of Los Angeles to distant desert Lancaster, via a New York Times article that was hoping to find prejudice in the city’s enforcement actions against Section 8 voucher newcomers.   Lancaster, 1950, […]

Flung to the edge of the ring: Part 2, choice and Section 8

31 August, 2011 (10:06) | Apartments, California, Lancaster, Mobility, Policy, Rental, Section 8, Theory, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday we saw that, thought a natural law of economic pressure, those receiving fixed-rent Section 8 subsidies and searching for the most home for their money will often migrate to the farthest reaches of the MSA — and in vast Los Angeles County, that means […]

Flung to the edge of the ring: Part 1, Section 8 portability

30 August, 2011 (10:08) | Apartments, California, Lancaster, Mobility, Policy, Rental, Section 8, Theory, US News, Vouchers |

By:David A. Smith   Suppose you had a chit worth a fixed amount of rent subsidy, and you could go anywhere in greater Los Angeles, where would you take it?  And what reception would you expect when you arrived in your new neighborhood?   Go anywhere you want, provided you can find housing   In […]